ICC to introduce innovative bat sensors, drones in Champions Trophy

England trio Jason Roy, Alex Hales and Ben Stokes will be among the players from around the world pioneering new bat sensors during the upcoming Champions Trophy, it was announced Tuesday.

Technology giant Intel has developed a sensor, placed on top of the bat handle, that provides previously unseen precise details about a player’s bat speed and angle of back lift.

The aim is to both provide more information to television audiences and, longer term, develop a coaching aid.

Former England captain turned cricket broadcaster Nasser Hussain told a news conference at The Oval: “How many times have we spoken about people having ‘fast hands’ or ‘great bat speed’?

“But what does that mean? We’ve never quantified it.”

ICC to introduce innovative bat sensors, drones in Champions Trophy
ICC to introduce innovative bat sensors, drones in Champions Trophy

Hussain said Roy, going through a run drought that has yielded four single figure scores in his last five one-day international innings, might gain from the new system

“Take Jason Roy, struggling a little bit at the moment. Say this technology had been in place for two or three years, he could have a net tomorrow, play normally, and then take the data from two years ago and say ‘is everything I’m doing with my bat exactly the same as it was?’ and if you know it was, you know that’s not the issue.”

Hussain added: “There will be traditionalists thinking ‘is this relevant?’.

“But if it gives you that one percent to improve the game, someone will be using it.”

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